Bruce Miller reported that there was a good topwater bite this morning mid-Canal; it started around 2:30 AM, not exactly the breaking tides which folks associate with first light, but it certainly is a good sign that things are going to be hopping over the next several days. The best bass Bruce saw this morning was a 27-pounder and there are also some big bluefish, up to around 10-pounds, at the east end.
Mackerel pattern plugs, especially the Guppy fluorescent yellow, are good choices, but once the light is up the rats are turning to jigging. Although the weighed soft plastic combinations continue to be popular, Bruce said that with schools of squid around, pink or purple bucktails have been working well. Spro makes jigs in those colors, but Bruce also carries a series of bucktails in pink and purple that are tied specifically for the Canal and weigh up to six ounces.
Folks are jigging up some of those squid at night around the bucktail and there have been some really big ones, with tubes up to nine-inches long.
At the west end, things are quiet on bass, but there are bluefish around.